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Recognizing Bias to Unleash Impact
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September 1, 2020

Unconscious bias is everywhere. Whether or not we take notice, bias is present in our daily lives, in our relationships, at work, and in interactions with complete strangers. Bias is what happens over time – we take in millions of pieces of information every day and categorize them into different patterns, or familiarities. And that is how bias helps us make decisions daily. However, by definition, bias is “prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair.”

Video Supports
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April 14, 2020

Lever for Change competitions require applicants to submit a short video with closed captioning. Full guidelines for the video are included in the competition application. The following resources showcase example videos and provide technical guidance on creating and captioning videos.

Fundraising and Communications
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April 14, 2020

Storytelling is a key component of communicating your impact and building support for your solution externally. The following resources provide guidance on how to use storytelling effectively in your communications and fundraising efforts as well as how to assess your organization’s current fundraising capabilities.

Risk Management
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April 14, 2020

All projects have some level of inherent risk, but the most effective organizations put systems in place to effectively manage risk. The following resources provide some tips on understanding and mitigating risk in your application and strategies.

Leadership
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April 14, 2020

An organization’s leadership – both the executive team and board – are critical for realizing the organization’s vision. The following resources provide an overview of the characteristics of strong nonprofit leaders and boards.

Partnerships and Collaboration
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April 14, 2020

We can often achieve greater impact when we work together. The following resources provide guidance both for considering new collaborations as well as strengthening existing collaborations.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
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April 14, 2020

Lever for Change is committed to incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in all competitions. The following resources clarify concepts related to different aspects of DEI and provide guidance on incorporating a focus on DEI into your programming and teams.

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning
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April 14, 2020

Understanding and assessing your impact are critical components of a strong strategy characterized by learning and growth. The following resources provide information on building strong measurement and evaluation into your strategies as well as an introduction to the theory of change concept.

Strategy and Strategic Planning
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April 14, 2020

In order to scale your ideas and programming, you need a strong strategy in place at both the organizational and project levels. The following resources provide guidance around strategic planning for execution and scale.

Financial Sustainability and Budgeting
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April 14, 2020

Lever for Change competitions require a project budget and clear narrative on how you will use competition funds. Full guidelines for the budget components are included in the competition application. The following resources provide guidance for creating an inclusive budget to fund your idea as well as overviews of other relevant financial topics for mission-driven entities.

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